How to Block a Doorway and Turn It Into a Solid Wall


My husband and I bought our first ever house in July. As soon as we saw the hallway, we knew there were too many doors and this particular door was no use to us, it looked like an afterthought when the house was built. As we were decorating the hallway, we decided to close off the doorway and turn it into a solid wall. This is what we did.
how to block a doorway and turned it into a solid wall, how to
Here is the door, it was an entry to a little space which was connected to the kitchen, I think it may have been planned as a pantry but as we are planning to renovate the whole kitchen and knock some walls down, we will not need this door.
how to block a doorway and turned it into a solid wall, how to
First, I ripped out the fram using a crow bar. This was so much fun to do!! Once the door and the frame was out, I knocked off some loose cement.
how to block a doorway and turned it into a solid wall, how to
My husband then made a frame from some 4 x 2 timber and screwed it to the wall, making sure it was all level.
how to block a doorway and turned it into a solid wall, how to
We then screwed on the plaster board. Once the plasterboard was securely on, the plasterers came to plaster (skim) the wall
how to block a doorway and turned it into a solid wall, how to
Once the wall was skimmed, we left it to dry for 2 days.
how to block a doorway and turned it into a solid wall, how to
Once dry, the wall was nice and smooth and was ready to be painted.
how to block a doorway and turned it into a solid wall, how to
Here is the wall after the makeover!!
how to block a doorway and turned it into a solid wall, how to
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  • Dennie
    on Dec 3, 2016

    I love how you accomplished this. I may have missed something…so my question is did you finish out the wall on the other side? From looking at the well built frame your husband built I can picture a nice storage space of something really neat instead of covering it up and finishing it out.

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  • Randy
    on Jan 12, 2017

    Sure thing Look at All l Learn by asking the Misses if we can DIY&WM it. (Len, thats Do it Yourself and With Misses) Wife or Girlfriend opposite from yourself, or with true Love !!! Fun with Building and Cooking at the same time all with bonding together..

  • JohnHW
    on Nov 28, 2018

    The horizontal boards have no real structural value other than to keep the sheetrock stiff. If you want to use the other side for storage, picture shelves, etc. I would suggest that you use 1 x (w) x (L) pine, oak, etc instead of 2 x (w) x (L) . Also make sure that your new studs are as light (color) and clean as you can find them. Finally get a very thin sheet, 1/8" to 1/4" of pine, oak, etc. Cut it to fit the opening between shelves. Using Liquid Nail or similar product, glue the thin boards to the sheet rock between the shelves or place this board full length, trimmed to fit inside the studs, onto the sheetrock as it is installed. This will allow for necessary sheetrock stiffness and not require shelves to installed until later. With this method you will not have to worry about covering up the seams as with the cutting the board. After shelf installation stain or paint and you have a good looking area to display standing pictures, whatnots, etc. If you want to place anything on the back wall use Velcro tape.

    • From Evija with Love
      on Nov 28, 2018

      Hi we covered the other side in the same manner as we are extending our kitchen and changing the layout thank you

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